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Eddie’s Beyond the Chair Story

Eddie M. has a C-2/C-3 complete spinal cord injury. His SCI resulted from an act of violence that occurred about four years ago. Being a victim of a violent crime takes a toll on an individual. It takes courage, focus, dedication, and strength to overcome the difficulties of experiencing such a life changing event. Eddie has demonstrated these qualities and doesn’t let his injury stop him. He continues to fight against all odds and lives his life to the fullest.

Eddie constantly motivates and pushes himself to be the best he can be not only in his everyday life but every time he comes into Beyond the Chair. Despite being one of Beyond the Chairs’ younger clients, Eddie always comes in mentally prepared to work hard and is completely dedicated to his recovery. Eddie comes into BTC at least twice a week for two hour sessions and strives for nothing but greatness when he works out. A complete spinal cord injury means that he has no function, sensation, or voluntary movement below the level of injury. In Eddie’s case, his injury is quite high, at the C-2/C-3 level. Although this affects his ability to control both his arms and his legs, there are certain exercises and machines that help stimulate both his lower and upper extremities, and the EasyStand Glider is one of them. When standing and passively moving in the Glider there have been many occasions when Eddie has either felt weight-bearing in his feet or the initiate of his muscles trying to help engage when gliding.

Eddie believes he can occasionally feel below the level of his injury thanks in part to the EasyStand Glider. The Glider has not only helped contribute to increasing Eddie’s sensation, but as well as increasing his range of motion, decreasing his spasticity, and tone. As a Neuro-Fitness Specialist it’s always great to see all the clients here at BTC smile and enjoy standing and passively or actively glide in the EasyStand Glider.

Read more about Eddie’s story here.

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Kaki’s Beyond the Chair Story

Kaki K. is one of Beyond The Chair’s younger clients. He has an incomplete spinal cord injury at the C-5/C-6 level, which was the result of a terrible car accident he was in when he was younger. After a severe accident such as this, some individuals might lose their will power and dedication, but Kaki doesn’t let his injury hold him back.

Kaki has been injured for almost three years now and he still continues to stay strong minded and dedicated. He tries to make the best out of every situation he encounters. Kaki is active inside and outside of Beyond The Chair, he is a full-time student at a local college and a full-time client at BTC. Kaki exercises at BTC twice a week for an hour and a half. During his workout sessions he strives for nothing but greatness. Having a spinal cord injury often leads to secondary complications in one’s body. In Kaki’s case, he has developed heterotopic ossification in his hip and right knee. Heterotopic ossification (HO) is the presence of bone in soft tissue where bone normally does not exist. Since weight-bearing and passive or active range of motion contributes to breaking down HO in the body it’s important for individuals with HO to stand regularly and stay mobile. The EasyStand Glider is the perfect fit for breaking down HO in Kaki’s hip and right knee. By using the Glider Kaki is able to benefit from weight bearing in his lower extremities and at the same time he is able to stay mobile by moving all four extremities in a rhythmic movement.

The EasyStand Glider continues to assist and help with all our clients here at Beyond The Chair, in Kaki’s case it has helped him break down some of the HO that has been built up in his hip and right knee.

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Anne’s Beyond the Chair Story

Multiple Sclerosis is an immune-mediated disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks myelin in the central nervous system. Anne L. is currently the only Multiple Sclerosis client at Beyond The Chair. Anne was diagnosed with MS as a young women and is now a mature lady who continues to stay focused and determined when it comes to her recovery.

The first day Anne started exercising at Beyond The Chair she was very excited and curious. Anne always goes through her exercises with a lot of ambition and willpower but is always curious about why the BTC Neuro-Fitness Specialist selects specific exercises for her to work on. Every exercise Anne works on at BTC she strives for perfection, because in her mind practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. Anne L. wants nothing but the best when it comes to her recovery, so when Anne first stood in the EasyStand Glider it was a perfect match. The first time Anne used the EasyStand Glider she had a smile on her face that would not disappear. Since MS is a progressive disease it’s important for the individual diagnosed with MS to continuously move every extremity and muscle in the body. When Anne uses the Glider she is able to target her core when she alternates pushing and pulling, and all four extremities of her body are also targeted with the gliding action. By using the Glider Anne is also maintaining her bone density, this is very crucial to Anne’s health due to the fact she has osteopenia in her hip and spine.

Anne believes staying active and using the EasyStand Glider has helped slow the progression of her MS. The Glider has also contributed to Anne’s standing endurance. The first time Anne stood up in a standing frame she was only able to stand for a couple of minutes. Now, a little over a month later Anne is now able to stand for over thirty minutes without having Orthostatic Hypertension issues.

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Tad’s Beyond the Chair Story

Tad L. is a C-3 through C-5 incomplete spinal cord injury who was injured in June of 2010. Before Tad’s injury he was a horse jockey who was competitive and determined to be the best. Since his injury Tad has kept the same competitiveness and motivation but has applied it towards his recovery. Tad is not only one of the hardest working clients at Beyond The Chair but is also one of the most enthusiastic when it comes to working out. He strives to accomplish more with each workout and is always wanting to push his limits to see how far he can go.

Tad works out at Beyond The Chair twice a week for one hour each session and continues his recovery at his house by using anything from his standing frame, walkers, to the railing on his porch to get himself up and moving around his house. Tad has a good sense of humor and likes to joke with the Neuro-Fitness Specialist, but when it’s time to focus or get serious he will give any individual a challenge to see if he can out work them. Tad takes each session to the next level and is always wanting to progress in all areas of his body. Having the EasyStand Glider makes that possible for him. The first time using the EasyStand Glider Tad loved the fact that it allowed him to work all four of his extremities. Since Tad’s injury he has been dealing with a lot of tone and spasticity mainly in his lower extremities. The EasyStand Glider is helping relieve some of Tads tone and spasms by helping him get load bearing on his lower extremities as well as stretching his muscles with a gliding movement.

The EasyStand Glider is helping Tad increase his range of motion in all four extremities and as well as improving his overall health by increasing his cardio respiratory endurance. Before using the EasyStand Glider Tad had a lot of tightness in his dorsal side; his lower back, hamstrings, and glutes. By the end of Tad’s session most of his tightness is gone in his dorsal side and his range of motion is increased.

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Dan’s Beyond the Chair Story

Dan C. is a C-4 incomplete spinal cord injury who has been injured for twenty-eight years. Dan broke his neck while on active duty, after that moment his life would change forever. While lying in his hospital bed, he was informed by his Sergeant that “the military would no longer need his services.” Dan was feeling down after hearing this terrible news, but soon after Dan’s mother walked in the room and told her son “You will make a life for yourself”. Those words from Dan’s mother gave him the strength to get off his bed and start his recovery.

Dan is one of Beyond the Chair’s most active clients, he works out at BTC three times a week for two hours each session. After exercising at Beyond the Chair he then goes to Golds Gym to do active pull downs for another hour to hour and a half. After Golds Gym Dan finishes his day with arms and legs cycling at his house. On Dan’s off days he either does a couple of exercises in his home gym or at the VA. He also stays active by competing in multiple sports such as bowling, fencing, power soccer, boccia ball and many more. Dan is very serious when it comes to exercising. He wants to work hard during every session, and he always likes to challenge himself. The first time Dan got on the EasyStand Glider here at Beyond The Chair his hips, lower and upper extremities were very tight and his range of motion was very limited. Within five minutes of actively working in the EasyStand Glider Dan’s overall range of motion started to improve. Since Dan’s first time in the Glider his body has been more mobile, and his overall range of motion improved in all planes of the body. Now, Dan likes to use the EasyStand Glider during every one of his sessions. It’s one of his favorite machines.

The EasyStand Glider is not only helping Dan with his recovery but also challenging him. Dan is a very tough individual when it comes to exercising, but even he would agree if one wants to get an awesome workout to just increase the resistance while using the Glider. Dan has only been using the EasyStand Glider for about two weeks and the benefits are already starting to show. Dan has increased his overall range of motion as well as his muscular endurance all thanks to the EasyStand Glider.